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on the agenda include tackling corruption, the gap between rich and poor, and concerns about the environment. and through all of this week, china's economy, through all of this, rather, china's economy continues to grow. president xi jinping and his administration are expected to introduce more reforms with the goal of achieving long-term stability. all this week we're bringing you insight and analysis with our special series, "china: road to reform." nhk world's raja pradhan is leading our coverage. he joins us live from beijing. raja? >> hi, gene. this once a year meeting is so important here in china that people in this country categorize it as its own season, the political season. npc spokesperson spoke to reporters ahead of the opening session. she talked about president xi jinping's determination to tackle bureaucratic corruption. fu says there will be zero tolerance for corrupt officials and anyone found guilty must be harshly punished. fu dismissed worries that other nations have exposed about china's ongoing military buildup. she said china believes it can maintain peace by strength
environment offers different challenges. but there are some fundamentals that come into play. catherine parrish: i thinking limiting your exposure to germs and a balanced diet are the most important things i teach them about keeping their baby healthy... and then coming for shots. the immunizations we provide certainly make a huge difference. diseases that killed hundreds of thousands of people don't even exist in this country anymore. although some concern has been expressed about the possible side effects of vaccines, physicians firmly believe that the benefits far outweigh any risks. vaccines have eliminated polio, and all but wiped out measles, mumps and rubella. i think the reason why we're not seeing a lot of those illnesses is just because of that. not because we're necessarily a healthier population, but because we've taken steps to try and eradicate those diseases that we could eradicate. we have a tremendous number of vaccines we didn't have even when i started practicing, for instance, the h-flu vaccine which came out in the late 80s and we started giving it before the age of
of the white house, marking what could be the largest youth sit in on the environment in a generation. >> we are here to march to the white house and form one of the largest accessible disobedience for climate ever. hundreds of young people all came here from all over the country, 42 states, to show president obama the keystone xl is not ok and not in our national interest. than 80nts for more colleges rallied at georgetown university and then marched to the white house were some unfurled a black tarp and laid on the sidewalk to create a human oil spill. hundreds locked themselves to the white house fence before being arrested. president obama is expected to make a decision on whether to approve the keystone xl pipeline in the coming months. more on the protest and the pipeline later in the broadcast. the venezuelan president is facing a new round of protests against his government. despite the carnival holiday, thousands of opposition protesters marched and then clashed with police sunday in the capital caracas. at least 70 people have died in bed as well as worst unrest for a decade. -- at
corruption, the gap between rich and poor, and threats to the environment. but amidst all of this, china's economy continues to grow. president xi jinping and his administration are pushing ahead with reforms, as they aim for long-term stability. we'll have insight, and analysis, all week as part of our series, "china: road to reform." let's take you live now to beijing where nhk world's raja pradhan is leading our coverage. >> hi, gene. in two days, china's biggest annual political event kicks off right here in the capital, and preparations are fully under way. one of the biggest concerns right now is security. as thousands of representatives arrive here in beijing. there's even a bigger security presence because of this weekend's deadly attacks in the southern city of kunling. here's a look at what i saw around the meeting venue. tiananmen square in the center of beijing is also the center of political power. directly to the west is the great hall of the people, where just once a year china's biggest issues are put forward, prioritized and discussed. china's top decisionmakers are gath
short. the only difference is that i grew up in environment that was a little bit more forgiving so when i made a mistake the consequences were not as severe. >> security forces in venezuela that v been using to break up the student protests. meantime, the president has declared an early start to the week-long public holiday. it is an attempt to clearly end. we have more. >> there will be no carnival this year for protesters. earlier this week, he announced the carnival weekend would start two days early and the break many saw as an attempt to weaken. [speaking in native tongue] >> people are here to present. it would be disrespectful for those who have fallen and we are here to she that nothing will stop us. >> the dem strags in caracas started out peacefully. they ended once again in crashes amid a big crowd of tear gas. meanwhile, the supporters rallied on the other side of the capital and took the opportunity to attack their opponents. >> we're on the street for peace and happiness and lake those in the east of the city, there are from the wst, we're happy and peaceful. >> protests b
of the political environment. they are not becoming friends with the u.s., but they do want to reach a deal with them. >> tell us more about that political and by amendment. organizations must take into account what politicians are saying to their own populations. on the domestic political landscape. the situation in iran, does it allow for a deal at the moment? >> in the sense that this majorityrepresents a of the support of the population. what is at stake are the radical conservatives who are against the deal. they are still very powerful in some editions of parliament and other institutions. they are trying to do anything that they can to stop this policy. thethe supreme leader, for time being, wants to go on negotiating with the u.s.. >> broadly we know what a permanent deal might look like. iran would increase enrichment to a certain level. right now they are enriching uranium at five percent rather than 20%. in exchange for lifting economic sanctions. as a researcher and specialist on this issue, what is the nitty-gritty that you are looking for? what is the sticking point? >> in a s
that has confidently mastered its difficult environment. the sea shaped dutch society. but 80 bitter years of a cruel and bloody war for independence from their spanish rulers created a dutch nation. in the middle of the 17th century, seven provinces of the netherlands won their struggle for independence and established the predominantly protestant dutch republic. [bells ringing] in a europe dominated by absolutist and catholic monarchies-- spain, france, austria-- the republic was an island of relative freedom. the town hall of the dutch city of amsterdam, built in the 17th century, tells us something about the ideals of the dutch republic. it has none of the qualities of absolutist architecture. here no grand colonnade leads the world into a central focus as at saint peter's, rome. no succession of rooms and corridors and staircases takes us to the monarch's bedroom as at louis xiv's palace at versailles. here you have seven simple, unpretentious doorways. the architecture of the new town hall, then, is an embodiment of the netherlands' independent political aspirations, an expression of
decided that he would try to answer that question and he runs this environment will help program and collected sippy cups from and sentnd toys "r" us them to an independent lab in texas to be tested. he found out in fact roughly 1/3 of them did contain estrogen-like chemicals. >> in that pink sippy cup? >> his daughter's sippy cup was reaching estrogenic chemicals. his fears were founded. >> what can i do to her? >> this is the big question. we know a lot about bpa. it is one of the most of the chemicals on the planet. and we know these chemicals generally are associated with a range of negative health effects. but the specific effect of any slightlymical varies from chemical to chemical. we actually don't know what chemical is leaching out of that sippy cup. it is impossible to know. there is a high correlation with rest cancer -- with breast cancer. other specific diseases vary from chemical to chemical. michael green, the way he describes it as an implant science experiment that we are on our families all of the time. >> we're going to take a break and then come back to this d
governmengovernment s have been suspended for more than a year. >>> officials at japan's environment ministry say an unexpected earthquake and tsunami off the country's pacific coast could produce up to $350 million tons of debris. that's about 11 times the amount from the march 2011 disaster. the estimate covers a quake and tsunami along the so-called nankai trough. the officials came up with the figure after studying disaster scenarios involving possible large quakes. they then estimated the volume of debris and simulated disposal based on the 2011 quake and tsunami in northeastern japan. they say getting rid of the debris from such a disaster could take between 11 and 19 years. >>> a fisherman's group in japan is demanding to know what caused the latest spill of highly radioactive water at the crippled fukushima daiichi nuclear plant. the group says last week's leak is causing them grave concern. officials at the national federation of fisheries cooperative associations submitted a written request to vice industry minister kazuyoshi akaba and urged him to launch a swift investigation. fisherme
of the environment and widening gap between rich and poor. at the same time, the leaders don't want to lower the growth target too much, because that could spread a pessimistic view that china's economy, and possibly even destabilize the global economy. so, the leadership has decided to keep the growth target at around 7.5%. but if you look at the actual breakdown, you will see this year's target for exports is actually half a percent lower than last year's. so this indicates china is speeding up efforts to reform its economic structure. >> now, economics aside, what else stood out at the government work report? >> well, one interesting highlight is the proposed budget for domestic security. the government plans to spend 205 billion yuan or about $33 billion on police to maintain public security. that's up 6.1% from last year. this year's combined budgets offer central and local governments for internal security have not been disclosed. but as you can see on the chart, since 2007, total spending on internal security has increased steadily. and since 2011, public security costs have outstripp
sit-in on the environment in a generation. consumer advocates at the environmental working group are warning that a chemical used to make yoga mats and flip flops can now be found in more than 500 food items. the chemical azodicarbonamide is often used in bread, croutons, pre-made sandwiches and snacks made by brands including pillsbury, nature's own, sara lee, kroger and little debbie. the restaurant chain subway recently announced it was phasing out the use of the chemical after an online campaign. the chemical is not approved for food use in australia and europe. and fernando gonzalez, one of the members of the cuban five has been released after mother 15 years behind bars. he was transferred thursday to an immigration prison pending deportation back to cuba. havana,er spoke in praising the release of her son. >> for the cuban people that have been fighting for a long time for this return, it is also a victory. convicted, and later of espionage. they say they were not spying by trying to monitor violent right-wing exile groups. three others remain in prison. and those are some
at all. that i am enjoying the new environment. >> you must have been shocked yesterday in a nondescript courtroom when the judge announced you were free. >> yes. well, i had anticipated that was going to happen, but until it actually happened, i was not sure what was going to happen. >> bob boyle, can you explain what happened, what law was marshall eddie conway freed? >> good morning, amy. we have been trying various legal ways to get eddie conway out of prison for many, many years. some based on counterintelligence program on the unfairness of his trial, on the ineffectiveness of counsel. a few years ago, the court of appeals of maryland held that the jury instructions, which were typically given in trials in the early 1970's -- in fact, up until 1980 -- or unconstitutional. specifically, the judge told juries back then and up until 1980 that the jury need not follow the instructions of the court, that the instructions are simply advisory. which means even though the judge told the jury that the prosecution had to prove its case beyond a reasonable doubt, for example, he also told the
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